Twelve years ago today, nearly 3,000 men, women and children were killed as part of an organized effort to terrorize our nation.
A dark moment in our nation’s tapestry occurred when two commercial jet liners were deliberately piloted into the World Trade Center towers, another jet crashed into the Pentagon and still another crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The coordinated attacks were meant to drive fear into the heart of this proud nation.
Instead of fear, the spirit of America rose from those dark moments. In the midst of two towers that fell, there were heroes – police, fire and other first responders – who helped the injured. In the loss of United Flight 93, there were brave passengers who gave their lives to save others. In every other part of the country – including Orange County – people prayed for those who were lost and joined together to help survivors and heal this great nation.
Today has been designated Patriot Day – a day to remember those who have fallen and a day to remember whose who gave of themselves in service in face of evil.
In Orange County, as in the rest of the country, American flags that fly over county government buildings will fly at half-staff to honor and commemorate those lives lost.
However you choose to commemorate this day, remember the lives lost. Please join me to make sure we Never Forget.
May God Bless You, our beautiful County of Orange and these United States.
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